|Some Marvel-ous Science
||[Nov. 20th, 2006|04:01 pm]
I think everyone should know: sometimes scientists use their powers for awesome:
The University of the Balearics. Wow. Now that's a place to go to school.
Yeah, though their website bites; apparently life en Les Illes Balears is just too laid-back for good design.
So awesome. Awesome upon awesome.
"some other strong relationship, like family ties or kidnapping." Heh.
What these researchers don't realize is that they were actually the subjects of a study to determine the overlap between the subculture known as "nerds" and the subculture known as "geeks." The study indicates at least three.
I think that's kind of like saying that this study indicates that the surface of the sun is at least hot enough to boil water. True, but not really very informative. ;-)
Isn't computing basic constants social networks, like, so 2002?
From the abstract:
two Marvel characters are considered linked if they jointly appear in the same Marvel comic book.
Did they separately examine the network based on kinds of appearance? In a comic book, A vs. B is a very different relationship than A and B vs. C and D.
[LJMeta: I didn't think my first use of this icon would be in this geeky of a context, but it's actually quite applicable.]
Given how often the initial meeting between two superheroes consists of them fighting because of a misunderstanding before they figure out that they're actually on the same side, and how often villains and heroes end up swapping sides, I don't know that it's a distinction that could be rigorously defined...